Frequently Asked Questions

CPEI is currently accredited by the International Accreditor for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Complete the application form or visit one of the CPEI Affiliate Organizations for their application forms. CPEI Affiliate Organizations can be located on our website under the “CPEI Affiliate Organizations” tab.

An individual with a high school diploma is eligible to participate.  However, certification may have additional educational
requirements.

Students are involved in weekly meetings with their CPE Supervisor(s) and peer group.  The amount of time varies, but one can count
on approximately 3-5 hours per week.  In addition, students can complete online educational modules and fulfill their ministry in
an approved internship site.

The number of courses depends on you and your personal and professional goals.  Typically, individuals that desire to enter
chaplaincy as a vocation will be required to complete four (4) courses.

The basic educational requirements are as follows; however, additional requirements are identified in the CPEI Certification Manual:

Certificate in Chaplaincy

  1. Completion of at least one course of CPE or 400 hours
  2. A copy of a CPE Certificate of Completion and payment of fees.
 

Board Certified Associate Chaplain (BCAC)

  1. A bachelor’s degree and four courses of Clinical Pastoral Education
  2. A graduate theological degree (minimum of 48 hours) or equivalent from an accredited school or equivalency with a minimum of two courses (800 hours) of clinical pastoral education (CPE).
  3. Evidence of Faith Group Endorsement or Approval.
 

Board Certified Chaplain (BCC)

  1. A graduate theological degree (minimum of 72 hours) or equivalent from an accredited institution.
  2. Completing four courses of clinical pastoral education (CPE).
  3. Evidence of Faith Group Endorsement or Approval.
 

Associate Pastoral Counselor (APC)

  1. A bachelor’s degree.
  2. Completion of a minimum of two courses of CPE and the specialization pastoral counselor courses.
  3. Evidence of Faith Group Endorsement or Approval.


Clinical Pastoral Counselor (CPC)

  1. Completion of a Master or Doctoral Degree in counseling, pastoral counseling, marriage and family or social work or equivalency, or licensure.
  2. Completion of a minimum of one course of CPE and one course of specialization pastoral counselor courses.
  3. Evidence of Faith Group Endorsement or Approval.

 

Associate CPE Supervisor/Educator

  1. A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 36 credit hours in theology or related discipline (religious education, counseling, etc.) or has significant advanced theological training in one’s faith tradition.
  2. Completion of CPEI’s Certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education or 1600 clock hours of clinical pastoral education.
  3. Completion of CPEI’s Certificate in CPE Supervisory Education or reciprocity.
  4. Successful interview demonstrating one’s competency as an Associate CPE Supervisor/Educator. 
 

CPE Supervisor/Educator

  1. Completion of a Master’s degree of at least 72 hours in theology or equivalent.
  2. Completion of a minimum of four courses of CPE.
  3. Board Certified as a Chaplain.
  4. Completion of requirements for Supervisory Candidate I and II or reciprocity.
  5. Evidence of Faith Group Endorsement or Approval. 

 

CPE Training Supervisor/Educator

  1. Completion of a Master’s degree of at least 72 hours in theology or equivalent.
  2. Completion of a minimum of four courses of CPE.
  3. Board Certified as a Chaplain.
  4. Completion of a minimum of 2 years of active supervision as an approved CPE Supervisor and completion of Moodle Modules TSEC 2000-2004, or if by reciprocity completion of TRSEC 3000.
  5. Evidence of Faith Group Endorsement or Approval.
 

Pastoral Counselor Supervisor:

  1. Completion of a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling, pastoral counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work or licensed in one of the disciplines previously identified and a minimum of at least two years active practice in the stated disciplines.
  2. Completion of a minimum of one course of CPE and one course of specialization pastoral counselor courses.
  3. Evidence of Faith Group Endorsement or Approval.


Pastoral Counselor Training Supervisor:

  1. Completion of a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling, pastoral counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work or licensed in one of the disciplines previously identified and a minimum of at least two years active practice in the stated disciplines.
  2. Completion of a minimum of one course of CPE and one course of specialization pastoral counselor courses.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 2 years of active supervision as an approved CPE Supervisor and completion of Moodle Modules TSEC 2000-2004, or if by reciprocity completion of TRSEC 3000
  4. Evidence of Faith Group Endorsement or Approval.

Internships can be completed in a variety of locations which includes but are not limited to churches, hospitals, hospices, law enforcement, fire departments, nursing homes, corporate settings, etc.

CPEI has available a document to assist you and a potential internship site. It is available on our website under Education. 

The length varies, but most course/units can be completed in 15-16 weeks.

Supervisory Education

  • CPE Supervisor/Educator:  Four courses of CPE; Master’s degree with a focus in theology or equivalent
  • Pastoral Counseling Supervisor/Educator: Completion of a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling, pastoral counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work or licensed in one of the disciplines previously identified
  • Supervisory Candidate I: 18-24 months
  • Supervisory Candidate II: 6-12 months
  • Supervisory Candidate I are individuals who have met the educational requirements and have demonstrated the ability to develop their knowledge regarding the role and theoretical concepts as pastoral supervisor
  • Supervisory Candidate II are individuals who have successfully submitted their Model of Pastoral Supervision and are now ready to engage learners in an extended process for the purposes of developing their competence in the pastoral role of caregiving and counseling.
  • Abide by CPEI Code of Professional Ethics
  • Complete a minimum of 1.5 IACET CEUs (15 Contact Hours) Annually with at least some of the hours related to the topic of supervision
  • Complete the annual CPEI Policies and Process Exam
  • Complete the annual Supervisor Evaluation
  • Remain active in a CPEI Supervisory Connections Group or equivalency

Tuition & Fees

  • $999 per course for Virtual/Distance Learning 
  • Payment Plans Available (1 Payment, 2 Payments* or 4 Payments*)
    *2% credit card processing fee added

Certification

The Certification Committee meets during the months of:

  • February
  • May
  • August
  • November


Applications and required materials must be submitted at least 60 days prior.

Certified Chaplains must:

  • Abide by CPEI Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Complete a minimum of 1.0 IACET CEUs (10 Contact Hours) Annually.
  • Remain active in a CPEI Connections Group.

 

Certified Chaplains or Pastoral Counselors:

  • Abide by CPEI Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Complete a minimum of 1.5 IACET CEUs (15 Contact Hours) Annually with at least some of the hours related to the topic of supervision.
  • Complete the annual CPEI Policies and Process Exam.
  • Complete the annual Supervisor Evaluation.
  • Remain active in a CPEI Supervisory Connections Group or equivalent group.

CPEI Affiliate Organization Programs

  • The first step is to complete the CPEI Affiliate Organization form online 
  • Upon approval of the application, you will be contacted regarding additional information required

CPEI Affiliate Organization Programs can be established in a variety of settings, hospitals, hospice, corporate setting, law enforcement, community, etc.